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Civil War Soldiers - Gibbs
|Gibbs, Alfred, brigadier-general, U.S.
Army, was born in New York April 22, 1823. He was graduated at West
Point in 1846 and served in the Mexican war, winning the brevet of 1st
lieutenant for gallantry at Cerro Gordo and captain for services at
Garita de Belen, City of Mexico, engaging also at Vera Cruz,
Contreras, Churubusco, and Chapultepec. After the war he was assigned
to the staff of Gen. Persifal F. Smith, with whom he served in Mexico,
Texas and California, was promoted 1st lieutenant, May 31, 1853, and
served on the frontier until the Civil war, engaging in several Indian
expeditions and serving in New Mexico, 1860-61. He was promoted
captain, May 13, 1861, was subsequently taken prisoner by the
Confederates, at San Augustine springs, N. M., and paroled until
exchanged, Aug, 27, 1862. He became colonel of the 130th N. Y.
regiment Sept. 6, was engaged in the operations about Suffolk until
June, 1863, and in July and August of that year reorganized his
regiment as the 1st N. Y. dragoons. He commanded a cavalry brigade,
1864-65, serving under Sheridan in several raids, was brevetted major,
June 11, 1864, for services at Trevilian Station, Va.,
lieutenant-colonel for gallantry at Winchester, Va., and on Oct. 19,
1864, was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers. He commanded a
cavalry brigade in the final attack and pursuit of the army of
Northern Virginia in March and April, 1865, was present at the
surrender of Lee, and commanded a cavalry division in the department
of the Gulf, 1865- 66. On March 13, 1865, he received all the brevets
up to and including major-general in the regular army, for services
during the war. He was mustered out of the volunteer service, Feb. 1,
1866, became major of the 7th cavalry in July, and served in various
forts in Kansas until his death, which occurred at Fort Leavenworth,
Kan., Dec. 26, 1868.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908